Help fund the restoration of Cleveland Park’s historic call boxes!

The restoration of the boxes is under way! Thanks to all the donors who supported the project. Read an update in this front page post.

The Cleveland Park Historic District is home to fifteen city police and fire call boxes that were transformed into neighborhood public art in 2009 in a CPHS project, part of the citywide “Art on Call” effort led by Cultural Tourism DC. These call boxes date from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and were a way to call emergency services before the introduction of the 911 system in the 1970s.

Red Top call box

The call box at 35th and Macomb commemorating Grover Cleveland’s house, “Red Top”. The paint on the box’s metal has faded badly and the artwork needs professional cleaning. (Click on the image to see a high-res version.)

CPHS restored the fifteen call boxes located in the Historic District with original artwork and narratives that call attention to our neighborhood’s history and architecture. Artists whose works appears in the call boxes generously contributed to this project, as did local organizations, businesses, and residents whose names are engraved on the back of the call boxes.

Now these boxes and their artwork need conservation. $500 will fund the restoration of one call box. This includes professional cleaning of the artwork on the box, preparing and repainting the box with paint that will better withstand summer sun and winter weather than the paint originally used, restoring the brass plaques, and repairing broken call box elements where necessary.

We invite Cleveland Park residents to contribute to the restoration of the call box nearest them, or the one that represents their favorite part of the neighborhood.

Call Box Map

Click on the image above to see a high-resolution map of call box locations. (The map will open in a new window.)

Click on the image at right to see a high-res version of the map of call boxes and locate the one nearest you, or your favorite. Then choose a sponsorship level from the menu below and tell us which call box you’d like to support.

After you click “Add to Cart” you can increase the quantity of any donation or come back here and add a second box sponsorship by clicking “Continue Shopping” from within the cart.

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Sponsorship Amount
Tell us which call box:


We’re also happy to receive donations by check. Make your check payable to the Cleveland Park Historical Society and mail it to us at PO Box 4862, Washington, DC 20008.

Please note when you send your check which call box(es) you would like to sponsor.

CPHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Thank you for your support!

Any funds collected in excess of the amount required to fund the restoration of the 15 call boxes will be used for CPHS’s regular programming or other special projects, at the discretion of the Board of Directors.